Power Play 8/26/2013: Obama waiting for UN on Syria?
Will Obama wait for UN on Syria strike? Are the President's former advisers cashing in on ObamaCare? Plus - voter ID laws under fire. Chris and guests...
Aug 26, 2013
Will Obama wait for UN on Syria strike? Are the President's former advisers cashing in on ObamaCare? Plus - voter ID laws under fire. Chris and guests...
Aug 26, 2013
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The 26 of August 1.
That's look there -- the -- from United Nations weapons inspectors trying to make their way.
To a disputed I suppose site of a chemical weapons attack.
In Syria will President Obama let the UN do its work and investigate.
Or will he follow the heat of European allies calling for non UN based intervention in Syria the clock is ticking we'll talk about that.
And how about this K street that's where you go to cash in in Washington DC a new report from the hill today.
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Is getting Brenner quinnipiac poll out today.
Has some surprising news about a state Democrats were increasingly confident that moving into the blue category there you see Ted Cruz.
Senator from Texas Chris Christie.
Governor of New Jersey and Tom Tancredo they're important because both -- and Christie.
Did quite well in matchups with potential democratic rivals and that's Wednesday 82016 Hillary Clinton.
And Joseph Biden both.
With Christie beating Clinton and crews and only three points back.
Who had an ill fated gubernatorial run there -- in 2010.
Seems to be doing much better against incumbent John Hickenlooper closing the gaps so that's -- the Q poll says today time is up.
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And that is the scene today or was the scene today as weapons inspectors trying to make their way to the scene of a chemical or or purported chemical weapons attack in Syria.
And this is power play and I -- -- -- -- even still hello Internet.
The administration is in a tough position down not only by the president's prior rhetoric that dumb wars etc.
-- better in the Middle East and letting weapons inspectors do their work but also know.
Concerns in the American electorate about US interventions overseas things in Libya and Egypt haven't gone too well for the president's policy in the Middle East.
What does that all -- -- to -- Syria the person who knows the senior White House correspondent.
Ed -- I had.
Good to see Chris good to see Internet obviously as you know better than anyone.
This is a moment credibility for the present one year ago and almost a week.
That day he drew that red line right here at the White House at a news conference on Syria and what a lot of people forget is the next line.
That he said which was that if the Red Line.
There would be quote enormous consequences for Assad in Syria.
The fact of the matter is what we see with what you're reporting about the UN inspectors having a sniper fire upon them today.
Combine that with the fact that those inspectors were sort of on -- -- up front doorstep.
The other day when this alleged chemical weapons attack happened.
-- is thumbing his nose at the US at the UN.
-- our European allies and basically daring them to do something because in the last year year and a half.
Every bit of rhetoric from President Obama to again to our allies to others at the UN.
Has not stopped the -- One bit and so I think -- -- is going to be if in fact there -- cruise missiles launched in the days ahead.
By the US -- unilaterally or -- in concert with European allies and others.
Is it just going to be a symbolic gesture.
That doesn't really do anything that just sends a message to president aside or is it going to be a really effective surgical strike.
Or multiple strikes that actually take out some of -- air power because we've heard so much about how Syria is different from Libya in that.
They basically had no air force it was very easy for the US and its allies to put in a no fly zone over Libya whereas in Syria.
A no fly zone might be much more difficult because it's not actually does have air power.
So will these strikes if they do happen in the next couple of days will they take out.
Some of the key airports some of the key air bases some of the air power that is -- has -- we'll actually do more than just send a message.
Take out some of -- power for us.
A question and you point this out on Fox News first today.
Was harshly critical of George W.
Bush for not allowing UN weapons inspectors famous Hans Blix.
-- to complete their work.
And come up with their full report.
In Iraq prior to leaving the US coalition into.
The invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Did it does this -- any shadow over this moment.
It does as you say make it more difficult for the president to then act on his own if he doesn't give the UN more time the but the problem of course is.
Just as the Bush Administration -- you know the UN.
You know it can drag on there for days for weeks for months.
And when we heard over the weekend that President Obama had a phone call with the UK prime minister Cameron.
In the readout from the British side was they've basically prime minister Cameron wants to see.
You -- one last resolution before the united nations Security Council they'll be very you know quote unquote tough and -- firm and it really show -- side that we mean business this time.
We've seen this before and at the end of the day that the rhetoric.
The resolutions before the UN.
Often don't matter too much number one number two you still have Russia.
That doesn't appear ready to support any kind of resolution that the US in the -- and others would put.
Before the Security Council so are you just going through the motions.
Or is it time to act and so sure I think that what has come before is also as you.
Sort of hit that you know the fact that this president.
Ran and won in 2008 by running against what he called a dumb war.
In Iraq that was a long time ago but fast forward to just last week when the president did that interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.
Remember he had more rhetoric against the side.
But then when pressed about what was gonna happen made very clear you know hit today UN action -- that we've got to.
Work with our allies around the world and -- -- -- what the sound less and less like the president wanted to act alone that he wanted it.
Work with our allies to go through the UN it is that going to mean just stalling or is that going to mean that at the end of the day we're gonna have -- -- -- There you just got appreciably smarter and -- we thank you for making time for us today.
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Tsunami of Obama -- opposition to -- -- that's what he needs.
To defund the law.
But Republicans are making other contingencies in the absence of tsunami should not mine.
We'll talk about that when we come back.
It's -- stick around.
Take some nominee it is going to take a tsunami and I'm going to do everything I can to encourage that -- -- Was Ted Cruz is -- junior senator from the great state of Texas on CNN's state of the union talking about something this should not be able opposition.
Two -- play into deep on the president's health law in this is power right now.
But you heard from senator cruise was recognition that and Republicans have not so far rallied to his cause and in fact many have include.
The idea pointing out as Tom Coburn and others have that the president would still implement his health law even if the government was shut down -- that Republicans would get two things they don't want one the health law and to.
To which is the blame for the government shut down cruise says that Republicans need to be doubt here and stand up and make sure that the president gets the blame.
But is that really going to happen.
Meredith -- she knows about how these things work because she has seen the perfidy and cowardice of college.
-- -- played out again and again and again and again and again and again.
From her purchase roll call.
You made my job -- so glamorous it is -- perfidy and cowardice.
We -- if it weren't for her being Karadzic what would we have to talk about.
The whole thing -- well.
No don't get crazy this now again I am not sorry about August is August I had just gone six and I grant you spend your views venture -- thinking -- We give -- have serious discussions about policy.
You guys -- good -- it isn't the other thing.
OK so so for Republicans and team -- We haven't heard much from the majority leader in the house on this the team -- seems to be talking about.
But they were not we can't be funded his presence not going to be fun his own law Jim dement and heritage and others have been out saying.
He'll do it in the end rather regret it after the government shut down he'll be on his own law.
I'm here to tell you.
Barack Obama -- funding Obama care he's not turning off obamacare.
The exciting it would have to pass the senate first also and that's also not gonna happen right -- I mean this is this is an alternate universe and that's the reality does not play out in the way -- game.
-- -- -- Says Smart thing I should not be surprised I should not peace -- -- think that you were wise if the Republicans don't stand for something they just need to save the money and stay home.
And let Obama be the king he thinks he yes.
For the Republicans have you stand for something -- my thanks and I got the Republicans have to have some Boehner to rally to -- Boehner says look we can't.
Defund it this president won't.
But we could try to pressure him to delay implementation of parts of this is not what -- is calling for.
Is that enough though to appeal to conservative Republicans -- -- can't defund it but maybe we can pretend to delay the individual mandate -- maybe opening of the exchanges.
It's typical for -- just say exactly what will appease the most conservative Republicans were so adamant and one in this blog just completely decimated -- at the end of today.
There are other ways to go about.
-- -- -- It digging for example Dodd-Frank regulation raised one of the ways that Republicans are able to dismantle that while it -- repealing it.
Was just to fund or cut significantly and dramatically the funding for the agencies that were supposed to be Atlantic coast.
Right -- their -- -- -- rounds.
Trying to weaken the law.
The constant focus on repeal part -- particularly at the hands of -- government shutdown which.
I think most conservative Republicans even who have been here for a longer -- to see sort of the perils and a it's just it's not gonna work and so -- the question as to what act crazy shut down the government.
And you honestly think that the president -- -- -- -- even though he won't like what happens after the government shutdown like how do you retreat from that position.
I think that you can stand for a lot of things if your Republican other then.
Repealing obamacare great that this is a -- that can change and evolve over time but there are a lot of other issues you know positions on Arctic stands on this doesn't have to be.
The one singular issue although in the.
Yes it works but it works like a charm it's today it's the issue that Republicans would most like to litigate in 2014 it's the one that they want to have front and center.
Because it's the -- unpopular it represents what people don't like about Washington.
It represents all the stuff the Republicans want to find a way to be talking about it when he fourteen that's not.
I'm around a talking about a government shut them.
Yeah I mean and I was and to make out exactly like I think you can talk about just she says Elizabeth.
I think you can talk about this -- without having to shut down the government I think given that some of these provisions are set to kick and naturally now it's a natural time to talk about it.
And you talk about trying to delay implementation I think one of the best is still in the implementation is to use outside -- it is.
There's a delay in businesses because -- is expressed concern and have serious political wave.
But as we were talking about they have.
Yeah they have serious political -- their lobbyists and they're in they've gotten we've seen two exemptions that were helpful to business into two businesses.
The employer mandate delay.
And then the delay -- out of pocket caps both of which help.
Those interest but for this I -- the general feeling that.
How come there isn't relief on -- the individual mandate can't Republicans pressed that issue can't they go forward and say.
If Exxon gets an all these other companies get a one year delay why shouldn't mr.
America get -- -- -- that would be a Smart talking right for them but I think when you're so focused on shut down the government or else that gets lost and so whatever messaging you're trying to do around this bill.
Is not coming through because you're so focused on the shut down and that's dividing the party because you've.
People like Tom Werner Richard -- or even Mitch McConnell saying like this isn't a good idea Tom Coburn and basically said that the president is perilously close to being.
Did say he didn't know I didn't cave -- -- close.
To being impeached he -- the president was perilously close to meeting this thing.
-- -- -- -- That's different that's different.
Because he could not cigarette evidence or why you should actually be.
You know even though he did he said that he was fiercely perilously close on the grounds but not enforcing the laws.
That congress that -- through selective enforcement and non enforcement broad -- -- to enforcement and non enforcement of the laws congress pass that he's not meeting.
Steve is we didn't teach every lawmaker for being incompetent I think we would send every lawmaker and -- but now.
-- wasn't confident -- he said the president through willful selective enforcement.
I'm not saying that the president is about to be impeached I'm saying that Coburn.
Coburn is that enigma wrapped in riddle me anyway he's.
Got involved in the Tom Coburn -- -- here I didn't detract from the general conversation he did say wanna watch because I watched most -- that you -- was intensely cares what he was doing.
He said that he thought mostly of the administration was incompetent but there -- places where they willfully.
Evaded or runner up lost it but he -- mostly disbelief at.
Mostly mostly confidence but so pretty mostly mid season sometimes mounts for those that don't remember what his audience was I think and.
One of them.
-- town hall in Oklahoma.
And that's I think you that we -- and play to your audience so I think there.
I think he really thinks that this administration is that what.
I think he does I think you're I found in -- covering enjoying the time governor the year yes I have never I never found him to shade the truth.
I think he is pretty I think he's pretty direct and even when it's beating up his own party for today.
Anyway the point I've made by a really -- halo that China the Covert war bulletins -- this -- The point -- -- by raising is that even he.
Has said that this is just not a good idea that anyone you -- -- could successfully defined in this law are.
Let's -- this law through shutting down the government of.
-- to the other end of the -- worm hole she's Linux.
She has also -- survived her artistry that's welcome back welcome back to business and we'll see -- there are placed in yeah of course -- yeah.
Why would you.
Big hitting 323 good to see you bet big -- Obama care will and is going to kill itself slowly but it will let it be but big Vinny.
The concern that Republicans had isn't about whether or not the law -- -- eventually self destruct it's what will be left.
After itself -- will -- -- a new single Payer kind of entitlement system was on the other side.
I guess I have to win some elections that they care be part of that discussion will talk about how they're going to do that.
When we come back.
-- -- Going on about voting rights is downright evil fall because there -- something that really needs to keep going forward not backward you know back.
With Cokie Roberts who is used -- host on ABC -- -- commentator on ABC.
And she said on this week that when Republicans were doing with voter identification laws was.
The eagle she said so this is power play we are not evil we love you America and want to help make you better.
Or do whatever you do and helping you be better and more awesome and -- excellent are too awesome and really excellent people and their right.
You know and like chuck wrote -- is a fellow at.
The center for national policy about that what is the room senior fellow senior.
Really when I -- my -- -- around.
I know -- could you help Democrats win elections what is the center for national policy that I think today I am their fellow of the American workforce.
What's his American workforce report American -- -- exactly a gun -- Taxes -- -- Mexican from east Texas I like it.
Brad Blake meant.
He's gonna front him as well as Minnesota.
He is a former deputy assistant.
Former president George W.
He's also professor good to you and him and he can be learned from the Georgetown University welcome -- -- professor.
-- you well I didn't I see here yeah.
I -- -- -- gonna have a rough and tumble political segment on here I am with the senior fellow professor I don't know so here's a question.
It's were moving ahead to the commemoration of fiftieth anniversary of the I have entered.
Saturday treated us to a very partisan spectacle.
In front of Lincoln Memorial.
As groups like.
The Urban League and others came forward to talk about voting rights issues gun controls -- -- Limited sort of discussion about specific narrow -- legislation.
I was gonna talk about that but what I want to know did you guys are Smart.
On Wednesday the president's got one of arguably the biggest speech of his presidency coming.
The fiftieth anniversary is the first black president.
It is the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King's.
A speech that lives in order for -- with the Gettysburg address Washington's farewell other.
These big moments the pop Lincoln's second inaugural that live in these big opera moment president is gonna go commemorate that what is he gonna say what should he said shot.
Certainly I think that it's an emotional Tom first and foremost and I think that he -- -- unique situation just like you described as the first African American president.
I think what he could say -- what I hope that he says is talk about how far we've come.
Gaps that need to be bridged and talk about how -- the country needs to move forward.
I think more and more today these -- as black and his wife and there's a lot of -- in the middle like me.
My father is -- my mother was why and you get this where there's a lot of this out there for that's what we should be talking to about how we come together enough -- polar ends of beach spectrum.
But -- the discussion has been tremendously polarized I watched you this this litany.
Of speakers go through on Saturday and it was narrow and it was partisan and it was we N day and back and forth over this case like in Oklahoma where you had this young white guy.
Got shot to of this suspects.
Arrested -- black -- is this a hate crime.
And you start to see a radicalized and of this concept.
Well maybe everything's a hate crime and maybe anytime -- you know and on a non.
In this tit for tat approach.
The president is.
The president courted controversy.
-- on -- The national discussion on race every poll tells us that Americans think we're worse off now.
In discussing race than we were a decade ago what can and should the president do on Wednesday to at least start a process of changing that -- After five years we we shouldn't be at the point where we're -- -- the president has to change the tone he's -- shooting game from the very beginning.
What it was in the campaign -- service of president he's half black and half white.
He he could've brought both races together is the glass half for everybody it's more than half full but if you listen -- Roberts.
You would you would think that -- say -- -- particularly upset that there's no water in the glass what the president needs to do is say we're better than we were.
But we're not the best we can be.
That's America -- always striving to beat the best we can beat but we should celebrate.
What the Supreme Court said about the voting rights act there's no need for it anymore.
We have and a part African American president -- attorney -- African American to house the senate has African Americans.
Every segment of society has been assimilated to.
What where's the problem are we are we to best we can beat nobody was sure a heck of a lot better than we were -- the president could use the bully pulpit.
To conjure up.
What Martin Luther King is sick and make that a reality in America.
As as you point out.
The demography of America in the disease radiation and these very bold lines between the races between ethnicity it's.
Fifty years ago isn't there anything.
It's not it's not present in the sense that interracial couple the president himself as a good example of the blurring of these lines in the blurring of the cultural lines.
There's a history lesson that's needed for some of this to help younger generations understand maybe how things work.
But when we talk about.
The based coalition and you've done a lot of work with this.
Hispanic voters in the United States don't.
The same way model ethically.
As black voters have traditionally in America that's been a tougher for Democrats Democrats have consistently said they're gonna be there as black voters were because of civil rights.
There's still opportunity for Republicans that when it comes to Hispanic voters is that there.
Sure there's there's an opportunity there let me be clear what I'm saying about blurring of the lines -- -- there's no.
Radical right I think that the voting rights act should be in place -- should I think that we made progress I don't think -- we're there yet let's keep in mind that I want large six foot one.
Ball headed Mexican walking down the street -- -- seat.
Discrimination every day not believe the levels of that in 1960s yeah.
Yeah we just about maybe give a lot of -- back you -- back to your point.
Look Latinos ecologically and an African Americans and everything you can see what George Bush got 44% of Latino vote that's a crowd and I'm from Texas and -- group and -- east Texas I understand that there's a lot more Latinos in Texas where belt buckles and driving trucks and that have cowboy hats that you need to give a message to about.
Word best is it for you economically.
Right and so I think there's a lot of things out there there is not -- victory departed.
Okay now in terms of this dialogue on race -- the George W.
Was able to use faith as a as a uniting -- Because it is the common court what ever -- -- whether you're Jewish or Muslim or.
-- do or whatever.
The overwhelming it's something.
In that in the high it's in the mid to high eighties anyway of Americans that profess a belief in something greater than themselves a higher power of some kind.
Bush was able to.
Is uniting points and when he was doing things like selling education when he was doing things like that it was through often and appeal to.
You think we'll hear that from the press.
I would hope so because of the basic fabric of America it is our Judeo Christian values we should be running away from a -- -- separation of church and state.
But -- president is the leader of our country and can understand.
That's true faith based.
Education through faith based assimilation.
It could be a great tool for uniting all of America.
And end there's nothing greater than the black churches we have in America -- for creating the they kind of hope and vision for their constituents.
Q what -- America -- -- a big men would make them listen.
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